PETA working to ban wild animals from travel exhibits

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Video clips of wild animals at the Big E have gone viral on social media.

Big E visitors shot video of what they claim to be an elephant and a camel being mistreated by their owners.              

PETA sent 22News a letter claiming the creatures are victims of animal cruelty.

After four visits to the fair, the MSPCA found no violations of the state animal cruelty statute, which prevents them from removing those animals or charging Commerford & Sons or the Big E with any crime.

PETA is working to make to sure animals like Minnie the elephant, never have to take part in events like the Big E.

During a FaceTime interview, Rob Halpin told 22News a bill has been filed to ban wild animals like camels and elephants from travel exhibits.

“It would end in Massachusetts the kind of shows we’re used to seeing where people go and pay money to keep these shows going and then are horrified by what they see,” Halpin said.

Although small children may like to ride the wild animals…Melanie Johnson from PETA told 22News wild animals do not belong at The Big E.

“Children have a natural love for animals but if they knew how these elephants or these other wild animals were trained they would never want to have another elephant ride or visit any other wild animal exhibit,” Johnson said.

According to Johnson, New Jersey already has a law in place that bans all wild animals from traveling shows.

Halpin said he hopes the bill will get closer to passage during the next legislative session.

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